Insomnia and sleep specialist
& The Insomniac
A WEB guide, May 08, 2000.
A neuronic publication
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breathing (apnea) than women, may lie in their neck muscles, finds
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However, for convenience, the neuronic insomnia page does provide a search engine listing from AltaVista and Hotbot and the links have been checked (automated listing). Sites of note will be reviewed. There are also searches on sleeplessness. There a fewer pages on sleeplessness (it's probably more difficult to type, so the chances of typos are higher) and these tend to focus on alternative health methods as opposed to the insomnia pages which break off into two extreme directions: medical and lifestyle.
A recent search, (May 08, 2000) on altavista revealed 81,245 (down from) 96,430 insomnia WEB pages and 956,885 (down from 1,128,314) sleep WEB pages. Instead, this page selects various links, that are either outstanding or representative. It does provide a weekly listing from the top search engines, and will monitor how those sites do.
There is a classification
of sleep disorders but this page also explains to newcomers what insomnia is all about, why there may be
discrepancies between different health and medical sites and may even
provide a little help with insomnia.
insomnia? The Oxford English Dictionary (1998) defines
insomnia as: "Habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep." It
notes that the word originates in the 17th Century and come from the Latin
insomnis which is sleep (somnis) negated (in).
The main usage suggests
long-term, chronic sleeplessness. The secondary meaning does not have a
temporal connotation but does imply an ability. Both
definitions highlight the behavioural aspects of sleep and sleeplessness
(habit and ability).
browsers, scholars and cyber-drifters will notice that when they search
for the word insomnia they will find numerous variations both of the
definition of the word (scientific and medical ) insomnia and the way it
is used. This page will examine some of the different usages (social
and lifestyle -vs- health and medical).
suffers from insomnia? Who hasn't suffered from insomnia?
The word is used so imprecisely, and its meaning has changed over the
decades, that it is difficult to say accurately how many people suffer
The OED definition of
insomnia does not imply nocturnal sleeplessness, so anyone who cannot fall
asleep at will during the day would according to the OED definition be
suffering from insomnia? This is probably not the normal usage but
it highlights how the word is culturally loaded. Nevertheless
insomniac patients are surprisingly wakeful people even though they don't
sleep well at night.
Nevertheless, a recent
World Health Organisation (WHO) study reported that 27% of 26,000 primary
care patient in 15 countries reported that they suffered from persistent
insomnia (reported by Lynne Lamberg, JAMA, 20, 1647-1649, 1996). It
is claimed that insomnia is associated with both significant mortality and
morbidity. There are certainly strong associations: high economic
costs, approximately $100 billion every years in the U.S.; increased
mortality; poor sleepers are less likely to do well in their jobs, at
school, and more prone to suffer from depression. However, it is not
clear whether poor sleep is causative or whether it reflects less ability
to cope, both biologically and psychologically with life.
The cause of
the insomnia may not be determined in as many as 30% of
insomniacs. The other 70% are either suffering from
psychiatric disorders, movement disorders, respiratory disorders, painful
conditions, or biological clock disorders as well conditioned
Insufficient Sleep Syndrome
Voluntary (lifestyle) insomniacs beware - read the above - reflect - and stay awake - during the day.
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Remember, if you decide that
you want to remain awake longer than usual, the result will be tiredness,
and irritability. Monotonous pursuits such as highway driving can
lead to involuntary sleep and accidents. Memory and concentration
lapses are common.
Maybe our expectations
change every century? At the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th
century Sir Edward Coke
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